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Pearle McCain oral history interview, February 2, 1981

Date: Feb. 06 1981 | Identifier: OH0068
Oral history interview of Dr. Pearle McCain, a Methodist missionary to China, by Don Lennon from Special Collections in Joyner Library at ECU. McCain, a native of Arkansas, was educated at Scarritt College, Columbia University, and Union Theological Seminary. She arrived in China in 1929 where she remained until 1942 when World War II forced her to return to the United States. She returned to China in 1946 only to be forced out by the Communist government in 1949. In 1951 Dr. McCain was sent to Japan where she taught for twenty years. Included are discussions of work in Peking, Shanghai, and Sungkiang. Commentaries concern educational work, Japanese invasion, personal relationships, travel, local customs, seminary work, and the effect of World War II on China. Also of interest are views of the Communist government, departure from China, college teaching in Japan, and a return visit to Japan and Shanghai in 1980. Interviewer: Don Lennon. more...